haven't had a hot meal since monday. >> lawrence is grateful for a hot meal and home after living in a fema trailer for a year after katrina. >> when you eat snacks, you expecting something a little more nourishing. >> james shepherd simply exhausted after living through katrina and isaac. >> i think this is it for me. >> a hot meal is where operation blessing begins this mission from here the team begins restoring hope by helping people to rebuild homes and lives. >> with katrina, we grew so much in capacity and inexpertise. there are a lot of things similar. we are seven years down the road. we can help a lot more people in a more efficient manner. >> efrem graham, cbn news, st. bernards, parish, louisiana.